“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
Are you familiar with the term kid’s table? If you’re like me you have been there — done that. Family gatherings necessitate special seating arrangements for meals. Not enough room around the main dining table. Thus, a separate table for the kids. Smaller. Isolated — to permit adult conversation. Strategically placed where spills are less likely to be a problem.
Little kids love it. But when they get older, they hate it. Eventually, they’ll be promoted to the adult table. Bigger portions. More variety. Adult conversation. A rite of passage.
Inevitably, there’s a shortage of seating at the big people’s table. That means one of the honored adults will have to be lowered (figuratively and literally) to the kid’s table. That’s where we will sit for today’s devotional, by the little children.
People are hung-up on position and titles. Who wants to show up at their 50th class reunion and admit their still sitting at the kid’s table? I’ve been this, done that, and attained all manner of wonderful things. I am somebody.
To be seated at the kids’ table of faith requires humility.
A similar conversation was going on in Jesus’ day. His followers were concerned with position. Who would be greatest in the kingdom of heaven? (Matthew 18:1)
To answer the question, Jesus called for a little child to be brought to him. You want to get to heaven? Then change and be like a child. In verse 4, He adds, “whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Humble yourself. Just getting into heaven is all the position you will ever need. Nothing could be greater.
As adults we toil to put food on the table. Little children trust us to put it there. The adult mindset is on getting and doing. The child simply trusts, follows, and receives.
To be seated at the kids’ table of faith we must trust in the Lord’s provision.
At the children’s table there is faith and reliance upon those in whom they trust to protect and provide for them.
Preparing for the big family gathering is hard work. Shopping, cleaning, decorating, and preparing the big meal. It’s expensive and stressful. For a child, maybe a few small chores but little more. The burden is on the host.
Our relationship to Christ is like that. The burden was on Him to earn a place for us in heaven. It cost Him his life. Like children our role is to trust and believe.
To be seated at the kids’ table of faith you must not be a spiritual snob.
In our focus text, Jesus teaches that we’re not to “despise” the little ones. Remember the question on His disciples’ minds? Who would be greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Knock it off with the spiritual snobbery. Those with childlike faith who humble themselves like little children will be greatest. You’re not better than them — so don’t look down on them. Don’t “despise.”
The Lord continues, “For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” The powers of heaven, the agents of God’s good purposes are standing by, attentive to the face of the Father. They stand ready to answer the call to help a child in need of divine intervention.
To be seated at the kids’ table of faith results in divine supernatural help.
Do we each have our own designated guardian angel? Actually, multiple angels are involved in ministering to your needs.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Psalm 34:7
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:14
Do you need help today? Reach out in childlike faith and make your request to the Father. Picture those angels around the throne awaiting their next assignments. Consider the great position you have been given in the kingdom of heaven. You are a child of the King, and He loves you dearly.
Thank God you have been seated at the kids’ table.
For more on this topic, check out this article: God Plays Favorites with His Children
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.